Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Rescue Goat With Anxiety Only Calms Down When She’s Wearing A Duck Costume.

Polly is a baby goat with anxiety, among a list of other medical issues. She's also blind and underweight—the latter stems from neurological problems that affect her ability to eat properly. But her human, Leanne Lauricialle, who runs the goat rescue group Goats of Anarchy out of New Jersey, just found something to calm her down.

Around Halloween, Lauricella purchased a child's duck costume at Marshalls, The Dodo reports. She bought it because she thought it might look cute on her rescues. It turned out that that Polly, the newest addition to the herd, was able to benefit from the fluffy, yellow ensemble. Whenever put in costume, she would instantly calm down.

Polly has also been outfitted in a pig costume and fox costume—and both had similar effects—but Lauricella believes that the duck is her favorite.

Costumes aren't the only solution for Polly's anxiety. Continue reading to learn more.

Goats of Anarchy

Leanne Lauricella runs a rescue for special needs baby goats in New Jersey. The group has become an internet sensation, which is great because more exposure means more support (tell that to anyone who thinks that looking at cute animals online is a waste of time). Today, we are featuring the story of Polly, pictured center.

Goats of Anarchy

Goats of Anarchy

Living With Anxiety

Polly lives with anxiety, blindness, and neurological issues which cause her to be underweight for her age.

Just before Halloween, Lauricella spotted a child's duck costume at Marshall's and bought it thinking her kids would look cute in it.

Living With Anxiety

Goats of Anarchy

A Simple Solution

For Polly, the duck costume ended up working like a ThunderShirt, which is meant to treat animals with anxiety. You might be thinking, "Why didn't Lauricella get a ThunderShirt in the first place?" She did, but it didn't work out.

"There's something about that duck costume that calms her," Lauricella said. "She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she's out."

A Simple Solution

Goats of Anarchy

What Does the Fox Say?

This "fox" doesn't bark or howl, she also bleats! She's also been dressed in other outfits, like this one.

Without a costume, Polly is prone to certain habits, most likely related to her anxiety. For example, when Lauricella is nowhere to be found, she panics and cries.

What Does the Fox Say?

Goats of Anarchy

Hogs and Kisses

"She'll find a corner of a wall in the house, and she'll just start sucking on the wall," Lauricella said. "So all the corners in our house have these little suck marks from her mouth." The costumes put her right to sleep.

Hogs and Kisses

Goats of Anarchy

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